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Old 08-13-2009, 01:03 PM   #2296
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Something that's been bugging me lately.... my chain clatters at low rpms under load. I have it tightened to what looks reasonable for a dirt-bikey type of chain. How much slack should I have?

Jason
I too here a clatter of sorts at low RPMs under load. Not right at the bottom, but a little above that. I was unsure if it was the valves, chain, or some plastic rattling. Thoughts?
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #2297
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Rattling?

I know the OE front sprocket has a rubber disc over the centre which butts up against the chain specifically to damp out the chain rattle. After-market sprockets don't have these as a rule so check if you have this or not.

Having said that, I have the original sprocket on still (after 10,000 miles) and I still get a bit of chain rattle at low revs in first or second unless I slip the clutch a little...

Part of the bike's character...?
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:08 PM   #2298
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Just pretend you have a dry cluth.

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I know the OE front sprocket has a rubber disc over the centre which butts up against the chain specifically to damp out the chain rattle. After-market sprockets don't have these as a rule so check if you have this or not.

Having said that, I have the original sprocket on still (after 10,000 miles) and I still get a bit of chain rattle at low revs in first or second unless I slip the clutch a little...

Part of the bike's character...?
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:22 PM   #2299
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Meaningless random posting just because I felt like checking in. My neck of the woods;

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Old 08-13-2009, 08:54 PM   #2300
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Nice pic!!!

Here's my day:









*sigh* I'm starting to miss my SM...
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:33 PM   #2301
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CR,

Damn!! What happened? How bad is it?
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:04 PM   #2302
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Chipped Triquetrum ( I have to look up the spelling on that each time I tell this story) bone in the wrist, a very scratched up bike and a destroyed face shield. Not bad for a days work!

I'm a moron...caught that rut seen in the pic on street tires...instant face-plant! Literally! This was just a gravel road, one I've ridden several times on the SM...should be no sweat on a big bad Adventure, right?

Except for this section where they took out a big hill.


It's been a while since I've been down proper!
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:12 PM   #2303
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OUCH! Heal fast!!! Hope you recover completely.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:22 AM   #2304
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I'm a moron...caught that rut seen in the pic on street tires...instant face-plant! Literally! This was just a gravel road, one I've ridden several times on the SM...should be no sweat on a big bad Adventure, right?
That's the thing with the big, dreadnought-class dual-sports... they're soooo easy to ride fast on the dirt that you build your confidence faster than you build your skills. But when things get ugly, they'll stomp you down real hard.

Hope you get better soon, Chuck. Come back to us... we miss you!

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Old 08-14-2009, 02:00 PM   #2305
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Nice pic!!!

Here's my day:









*sigh* I'm starting to miss my SM...
OH, thats not good. How long before you'll be able ride again??
Get well quick.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:40 PM   #2306
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...Here's my day...
Oof! Sorry to hear that Chuck. I have never fallen so fast as when I had my Adventure

Heal well and quickly!
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:49 PM   #2307
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Rambled around mostly Sussex County NJ today; mostly a mix of roads I knew but hadn't been on for a year or two or three. A good day.





I took this at a woodsy pit stop




Today's big news is that I saw another 950SM- 2 up going the other way (northbound) on Sussex County Rd.. I think it's the first time I've seen one on a ride.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:54 PM   #2308
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Is anyone getting much more than 4K miles out of any kind of sporty tire? I'm killing off Diablo Stradas in 4000 miles. Down to cords dead. I was hoping for 5K, but this is the second one to die a quick death. I'm guessing the strong engine braking is responsible.

Just starting to ponder what to go with next. Might try a Pilot Power front with a Pilot Road 2 rear or maybe Dunslop Roadsmarts, or a Conti SportAttack/RoadAttack combo. Need more miles with similar stick.
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Old 08-14-2009, 03:15 PM   #2309
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Wow

Bummer CR.. Hope you heal soon.

This is the thing that has kept me off the dirt. I used to long ago ride dirt, mostly motocross. I was in the dirt again recently on a 990 ADV and a 450 EXC. I had sooooooo much fun in the dirt.

BUT, I know for me anyways it seems so easy to be having a great time and then suddenly I am in the dirt or in the air when I didnt plan to be.

I live in Arizona and it is quite easy for me to be in the dirt and lots of open area to ride. Have friends that ride every weekend in the desert. Half want to / half afraid to because I need to be able to go to work on Monday.

Take care and hope you get back on soon.
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Old 08-14-2009, 03:17 PM   #2310
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TODAY MY NEW TANK CAME IN,WITH DECAL KIT.BRIAN SAID TO GO AHEAD AND KEEP THE "LIKE NEW" TANK HE SENT ME TO USE.
THANKS AGAIN,BRIAN.
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Clay, If had the same problem with my 07SM tank. I have an 06 on at the moment and the 07 has been back-ordered since the spring when the tank leaked out over the winter.

I've had no luck with the only dealer in Toronto and would like to contact KTM direct. Can you give me the contact info for Brian? I just want this thing fixed...love the bike but not impressed with KTM.

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